Nimblr has noticed an increase in phishing attacks that steal users’ OAuth authentication tokens, giving them full access to the victim’s email, calendar, and contacts.
OAuth is a authentication method that uses tokens to access online service such as Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and other services. The new phishing attacks trick users into accepting malicious apps’ access to rights and settings in various systems.
Unlike traditional phishing, the user does not have toenter their password, it is often enough to just click “accept” for the attack to succeed. Both Microsoft and other service providers have recently warned of the increasing amount of “consent phishing”. The attackers try to create a sense of urgency, and instruct the recipient to approve access to various systems, e.g. Email, Facebook, Microsoft or Gmail.
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Nimblr have been getting more and more reports of organizations who are affected by fraud where payment information sent by e-mail from trusted senders has been modified. The approach is not new, but remains an effective method of stealing both money and goods. Most attacks occur in an Office365 environment, but similar attacks have been noticed in Google Workspace.
The attack is initiated by the attacker gaining access to a users email account, often through a fake login page where the user enters their password in good faith. The attacker uses the password to log in to the victim’s webmail. There, the attacker creates e-mail rules that forward or copy the e-mail communication to an external e-mail address.
In some cases, the rules are based on specific criteria, such as to forward only emails that contain the word “invoice” or “payment”. In some of the attacks that Nimblr has studied, the e-mail does not reach the intended recipient until after the attacker has had the opportunity to modify the content.
Once the insidious email rule is in place, it’s just for the attacker to wait for the right opportunity. By invisibly examining the victim’s communication, the attack can last for a long time, and so when e.g. a delivery address or a payment information is mentioned, the attacker strikes and modifies the details about bank account numbers or the like. Often the attack is not detected until the supplier asks where the payment for a particular order has gone, or when the customer asks for his goods.
As an administrator, it’s a good idea to review the rules that are configured in users email clients. The easiest way is to run a powershell script in an Exchange server or Office 365 instance. The script below lists all users who have forwarding enabled:
Soon it will be both easier and more secure to allow Phishing tests from Nimblr in Office 365 environment. Microsoft has been listening to its customers and will in June implement a new and better method to allow phishing simulations from Nimblr and other third-party vendors.
This new way of handling phishing simulations from third-party providers and for Security operations mailboxes are cleaner and offer greater predictability for security teams. It makes it easier for security and email admins to rest assured that their ETR rules cannot impact the protection of their users, and prevents them from having to manually inspect all of their ETR rules.